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Conlan faces busy schedule after fight on Pacquiao bill

 

By Bernard O'Neill

Michael Conlan could be added to the Oscar Valdez undercard in Arizona later this summer after what's anticipated to be a routine victory over local super-bantam Jarrett Owen at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The Belfast fighter, unbeaten in his first two outings boxing out of the Top Rank USA stable, meets the Brisbane native - who has won five, lost four and drawn three of his fights to date - over six rounds on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight defence against Jeff Horn in Queensland.

Conlan and Jarrett are expected in the ring at approximately 3am tomorrow morning.

Mexican-born Valdez, who is also signed with Top Rank, successfully defended his WBO featherweight title with a unanimous points victory Miguel Marriaga in California in April.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is planning to bring the Mexican to Tuscon, Arizona, and Conlan could be an added attraction.

"I want him (Valdez) to fight in the summer so I can bring him back in the fall," he said.

Conlan is not looking beyond Owen, but with appearances on top promotions - including the WBO World heavyweight duel between Ireland's Hughie Fury and New Zealand's Joe Parker in Manchester in September - being touted, is vowing to take care of business.

"I'm not underestimating anybody. I've respect toward him for getting in the ring, but come fight night I'm going to do the job," Conlan said.

A bout for Conlan on the Floyd Mayweather versus MMA superstar Conor McGregor undercard in August appears to be out.

"I wished him (McGregor) luck, I asked him to get me on the show but I haven't heard back, I don't think its going to happen," laughed Conlan who was led into the ring by McGregor for his pro debut in March.

"It's crazy, he's not even a boxer and he's going to make the biggest payday for a debut."

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